Originally Posted by texasgal
Well, aren't you just a little ray of sunshine!
If the BOD of the AHA want to do something useful, perhaps they could do something easy - get the breeding and showing in line with some plausible standard. I'm a member of the AHA, and I get their magazine, and they worry about the future...but breeding silly looking horses isn't going to do much for the breed in America.
I view WD as about 90% silliness. Horses not specifically bred for dressage can do it fine at the lower levels, but you either need to change the goals of dressage (in which case it isn't dressage any more) or accept that horses bred for dressage will do better at the upper levels. Most any horse can jump, but those bred for it will jump better.
When the AHA magazine arrives in my mail, and the covers are of freaky looking horses that I wouldn't want to own, then it seems the BOD & the AHA are out of touch with the base of 'commoners' that they need to expand to build a future for Arabians.
WD isn't harmful, but it isn't really going to build the base that the AHA needs. It is a problem I think riding in general faces: how to get people (and men - we're 50% of the population and probably less than 10% of the riders) in their teens and twenties interested in riding horses.